The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

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When the new warden comes in disguised as an inmate, he sees firsthand all the corruption and scams the guards and prison officials are running. When he reveals himself and starts to implement reforms to stop the corruption, the local business community, who had been benefiting from the scams, fights back, and the corrupt prison system starts making political trouble for the new warden. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The most wanted man in Wakefield prison is the warden! See more »

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20 June 1980 (USA)  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$37,100,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Robert Redford was offered $3 million to play the role of Brubaker. See more »

Goofs

When Brubaker & another prisoner are taken to a local restaurant to drop off a steer; the guard drinks a beer which changes position in his hand after the camera goes back to the store owner for less than a second or two. See more »

Quotes

Henry Brubaker: I don't see playing politics with the truth.
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Referenced in Sugar Boxx (2009) See more »

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Respect
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Written by Otis Redding
Performed by Morgan Freeman when he attacks another inmate
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You can't reform the system if you're not in it.
25 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

W.D. Richter did the screenplay for the 1978 remake of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. He also did the screen story for this Robert Redford film about prison reform. In fact his screenplay/story was nominated for an Oscar.

I know prison reform is an anachronism today. Incarceration is simply removal from society with no concern for rehabilitation.

The film is based on real life. Thomas Murton of Arkansas tried to fix the system. I grew up in Arkansas and was exposed to stories about the "Tucker Telephone" from the Tucker prison farm, and stories of bodies of murdered prisoners being dug up on prison grounds.

So Redford sports a John Edwards haircut in the film, he still does a great job. He is assisted in this film by Yaphet Kotto, who I always enjoy, and Morgan Freeman.


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